Seasonal Reflection:  Summer, 2017

Reflecting on Peace

Summertime. A time we associate with slowing down, going on vacation, relaxing and restoring ourselves. Also a time of heat and light, higher temperatures and longer days. Well, we know the latter is true, but what about the former? How many of us really get to slow down or go on vacation to relax and restore ourselves? How many of us accept the opportunity, if it is ours to do? And if not, why not?

Perhaps we need to rethink summertime. Let’s focus on the heat and light, at least symbolically. Let’s look at summertime as a time to heat up our passion for peace. If we do get some time off from demands that make it hard to do the rest of the year, why not make time for some peace activism that is so needed now? Certainly, peacemaking should not take a holiday.

And light: How about we allow the light of summertime to enter into us and emanate out from us? How about we become the light that guides the way to justice for those suffering from discrimination, poverty, environmental racism, denial of health care, or political gamesmanship?

We might be surprised by how refreshed we feel not from being idle, but from engaging in activities that energize us. Warming the hearts of others and lightening up their darkness might just be the thing that restores us in ways beyond imagination. Let’s give it a try!

 

 

Prayer: Shine on Me

 

As the sun rises, Lord,
Let your light shine on me.
Destroy the darkness about me,
Scatter the darkness before me,
Disperse the darkness behind me,
Dispel the darkness within me.
Let your light shine on me.

As the sun rises, Lord,
Let your light shine on me.
The warmth of your Presence,
The brightness of your love,
The radiance of your joy,
The shining of your hope.
Let your light shine on me.

As the sun rises, Lord,
Let your light shine on me.
Your light to guide,
Your light to lead,
Your light to direct,
Your light to brighten.
Let your light shine on me.

- From Power Lines: Celtic Prayers About Work by David Adam



Suggested Actions

  • - Re-think summer as a time of heat and light, the heat of passion for peace and a guiding light for an unjust world. Consider how you might be both heat and light for those most suffering from the cold of alienation and isolation and from the dark of ignorance and fear.

    - Read Pope Francis’s Beatitudes from a Homily he gave November 1, 2016 and then choose one to make your summer blessed.

    Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.

    Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness.

    Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover God.

    Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.

    Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.

    Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.

    - Sign petitions, make calls, write letters, attend teach-ins, and/or participate in rallies and marches that you may not have the time to do other times of the year. Support human rights, living wages, affordable housing, health care for all, environmental protections, or whatever cause for peace and justice is closest to your heart.

    - Join the Rolling Fast for Christian Nonviolence between July 1 and August 9. Contact the PCMNY office for more information or to sign up for a particular day, week, or longer.

    - Attend PCMNY’s Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial on August 6th. Get more information on our Events page.

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